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Work and Study

These exclusive packages are for language students looking to improve their language skills and improve their transferable workplace skills. Formal tuition is provided at leading international language schools.

 Work and Study

These packages are offered in conjunction with our partner language schools across Europe.

Ideal for a truly immersive experience, days are structured with mornings at the language school and afternoons at a carefully selected work placement to match students’ requirements.

For more information see our Frequently Asked Questions below.  

Included in the package:

Contents of the package can vary by destination depending upon the language school and city but typically they include the following:

  • 7 days / 7 nights’ travel (Sunday – Saturday) – Extra night available at beginning or end to accommodate flights where necessary (surcharge applies)
  • Enrolment at a language school for intensive language lessons at a level to reflect your ability in the subject.
  • Work Placement matched to student preferences, interests, skills and experience
  • Half board Host Family Accommodation or Student Residence (18+)
  • Optional cultural & social programme
  • Newsletters
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 Emergency support from UK office
  • Programme certificate
  • Internship agreement (A tri-party contract required in many work placements)
  • Workplace, travel and health insurance.

 

My daughter is back and has had the time of her life.

The host family, Susie, was absolutely brilliant and really looked after Anisha.

The school was excellent and the teachers were really nice.

The work experience was amazing and gave Anisha lots of opportunity to use her Spanish and boost her confidence.

Vimal Patel

Father of Anisha Patel, Valencia 2019

Destinations Available

Looking for an alternative package?

Why not consider one of our Work Experience  Group Trips. Available during school holidays and travelling with a Group Leader and fellow language students. 

Are you a school teacher looking for a school group trip?

Our tailor-made packages travel throughout the year. Get in touch to find out more. 

Over 18 and looking for a placement abroad?

Our tailor-made packages travel throughout the year. Get in touch to find out more. 

Students

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Who can travel?

Students aged 16+ are able to travel. In Germany accommodation is only available to students 18+ but if you have independent accommodation we are happy to discuss a tailor-made solution with you as we have offered many students in the past.

If you are a teacher wanting to take a class of students, we can arrange a tailor-made trip for your group organising transport, accommodation and language school and/or work placements for each of your students.

Can I travel with my friends?

Yes! We are happy to arrange for pairs or small groups of friends to travel and stay together.  Each student creates their own booking and deals with payment and administration independently. 

Work placements are typically independent and we rarely recommend attending the same placement. 

Accommodation can be arranged together or independently but we only provide same-sex host family sharing for under 18s. 

Can I go on my own?

Every trip we have many students who travel on their own.

Travelling alone can be a great experience and can be a good practice for going away to university. It also fosters independence in a safe and supported environment.

The language school will give you plenty of opportunity to meet new people and socialise in and out of the school. The staff at the school are also very supportive and used to having independent travellers. The host family will also be available to welcome you and introduce you to the area.

How much spending money will I need?

We suggest about £150, bearing in mind you have to buy your own lunch each day.

If students want to join in with all the social activities at the language school and buy presents for their friends at home etc, you may want a little more.

Students may require public transport to get to their work placement although many are very central their accommodation. Students should budget a small amount of money for this but will know before they go if it is necessary.

You should consider taking some Euros and having access to either withdraw more or be able to spend on a debit card. Many banks now provide services where you can spend abroad without being charged an additional fee other than the exchange rate. Feel free to ask us for more details. 

How many other students will be travelling?

These courses are sold for individual (or pairs or small groups of friends). However, once you arrive at the school there will be lots of other students there. In any given week, it is hard to know how many students will be travelling from the UK but there will always be lots of international students and usually plenty of people your own age around the school to mix with.

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Placements

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How do you decide where I will work?

We have 16 business categories of placements. Students are required to complete an application form including the opportunity to choose 8 of our 16 business categories. We are usually able to provide a placment in the top 3/4 prefrences. (In the case of late applications choice of placements can sometimes be more limited).

Placement allocations are based on your profile combined with the availability of placements.

Students will also be asked to write a letter to their prospective employer in the language of the destination country. All of the information given on the application form and in the letter is taken into consideration when we choose your placement, as is the level of your language skills as outlined by your teacher on the booking form.

When will I find out my placement?

Placements are allocated prior to travel and students are informed of their placement two weeks prior to travel by means of a final mailing and via their MyAccount.

Do students work together?

The majority of placements are arranged for students to be on their own. This reduces the remptation to speak English during the placement. There are some work places that can accommodate multiple students in different areas (eg front of house and kitchen at restaurant or different rooms at a nursery). 

What sort of work will I be doing?

We have an extensive range of placements. No two are the same and the tasks at each vary considerably. Students will be given some indication of the tasks when they receive their placement, however, they should be prepared to fully engage in all the aspects of the work at the placement.

It is important to note that the main aim of the work experience trip is to improve students’ linguistic abilities as well as providing the opportunities to learn and apply tranferable skills.

It is also worth noting that some roles will involve tasks similar to that of a part-time job in the UK, others may involve shadowing your supervisor whilst they carry out tasks. There is a lot of variety between placements. You are welcome to ask for more guidance in choosing your placement preferences.

How many days will I work?

Students will normally spend 5 half days at their work placement in a typical week. Ocasionally, due to Bank Holidays, weekday closures or other constraints some students may work less than five days. In these instances additional opportunities for recreation, discovering the local area etc. are usually available.

We aim to provide in the region of 15 hours work over the week. This may vary depending on the nature of the work placement and this will not be the same for every student on the trip as workplace opening hours vary.

How far are the placements from the accommodation?

The majority of placements are within 15-20 minutes minute either by foot or by local transport. Using local transport is very much part of learning to live abroad independently and provides opportunities to use your language skills too.

Ocasionally, placements can take longer to get to but we will always inform you in advance and provide a route plan.

How far are the placements from the accommodation?

The majority of placements are within 15-20 minutes minute either by foot or by local transport. Using local transport is very much part of learning to live abroad independently and provides opportunities to use your language skills too.

Ocasionally, placements can take longer to get to but we will always inform you in advance and provide a route plan.

Do I get paid?

Work places are not paid. Just like work experience you may have undertaken in the UK, placements are designed to provide you with opportunities to experience the world of work and develop skills that you may not be able to in a school, college or university environment; customer service, working as part of a team, time-keeping, independence, work-place specific skills and much more. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practise your language skills in a unique way.

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Booking and Payments

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When are the booking deadlines?

We recommend booking at least 10 weeks prior to travel. This gives plenty of time to arrange the appliation, enrolment at the language school, work placement and accommodation.  

Late applications may sometimes be accepted so it is worth contacting us to enquire about booking. We recommend booking early to to avoid disappointment.

What is included in the price?

The package is detailed above. 

What extra costs do I need to allow for?

We recommend allowing £150 to cover the following:

  • Lunches
  • Food for the journey
  • Optional Social and Cultural Programme
  • Local transport if required
  • Souvenirs

Optionally, you may want to allow a small amount of money for a gift for your host or placement supervisor or you may choose to bring something from the UK.

 

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Travel

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How will I get there?

Students usually arrive by air at the local airport. We can arrange or advise about transfers or you can use public transport which is always the cheapest option and adds to the experience of being abroad. 

On arrival, you will go to the host family or residence accommodation. 

How much travel is involved when I am there?

As with most city breaks, to make the most of exploring the area there will be lots of walking and exploring using public transport. This will help you get to know the city and give you plenty of opportunities to use your language skills.

You may be required to take public transport to get to your work placement. 

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How will I travel?

Coach Option: Coach transportation to the various destinations is normally provided from pick-up points at motorway services in England along the M1/M25 or M5/M6/M4/M25 corridors. The coach travels to Dover crossing by ferry to Calais.

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to reach their allocated service station. Some students arrange to lift share. Mobile numbers of students are published in MyAccounts for those students who choose to share their numbers. This can help with lift sharing in some instances.

Air Option: Flights will be from one of the main London airports (Luton, Stansted, Gatwick or Heathrow). Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the allocated UK airport.

Return transfers between the airport and accommodation in your destination are included in the package. 

Can I travel independently?

We frequently have students who join the group by travelling independently. This can be due to other commitments, travelling onwards after the trip or travelling from distant locations. This can be arranged in most instances as required. You should contact us at the time of booking to discuss the options available. 

Where necessary, we will request some brief additional paperwork for students travelling independently to assist the Group Leader in ensuring that you meet up with the main group or make onward travel. 

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Accommodation

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Where will I stay?

Host Family Option: Students are welcomed into a host family for the duration of the stay. The hosts provide meals and the opportunity to speak the target language as well as being an excellent source of local knowledge. 

Residence: Students 18+ are able to stay at the school student residences. These are lively places to stay but offer independence and freedom to enjoy the city.

Hotel / Hostel Option: Older students  (18+) sometimes choose to stay at local hotels/hostels. We are happy to advise as required.

Which meals provided?

Host Family Option: Breakfast and evening meals are provided.

Residence: Self-catering – no meals provided but there are always plenty of places to eat out to make the most of the local area and culture. 

Can multiple students stay with the same host family?

Students who opt to stay with a host family trips can choose to share with somebody or be housed individually dependent on their preference.

At the time of application, if you wish to, you can tell us the name of any particular friend with whom you would like to share. We will endeavour to organise this for the students, subject to availability.

Please note that in line with best practice guidance from the British Council, we do not permit mixed genders to share the same host accommodation. 

In shared accommodation, some rooms are twin rooms, some are single. Host families come in all shapes and sizes as do their homes.
How do Blue Stamp Travel find your host families?

We have been working with partner language schools and family stay organisations for many years now. All families who provide accommodation are visited and vetted prior to first use. Local police checks are carried out and a minimum standard of accommodation and facilities is required.

Most families have been hosting time and time again for many years with well known satisfaction ratings from past students.

Families are regularly visited and vetted by the schools’ host family coordinators.

In line with best practice all students have 24-hour contact numbers with local host family supervisors as well as the UK based office.

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Supervision

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Who provides supervision?

These trips are provided for students who are confident or aiming to grow in confidence. As such, they include a level of supervision provided by the language school and the host family who are in liaison with us in the UK office as necessary. However, there is also a degree of independence and freedom for young students to use their time at their discretion in a sensible manner as a young adult.

Older students are obviously afforded the same level of support, as required.

We ask that students read, sign and adhere to the Code of Conduct and that this is supported by parents/guardians as necessary.

What is the Code of Conduct?

The Code of Conduct is part of the application process. It is an agreement that we ask students and parents/carers to sign in order to make clear the expectations of students behaviour on these trips. In general students are keen to get the most our of the trip and this is best achieved when following the simple rules.

The Code of Conduct reads:

Students must comply with the following standards of behavior during their trip:

General

  • Do not go out at night on your own, and inform your hosts (if applicable) if you have evening plans.
  • Treat others with courtesy and politeness.
  • Do not take any illegal substances.
  • Refrain from consuming excess alcohol.
  • Attend, and be on time for, all lessons.
  • Take any worries or concerns about any aspect of the trip to Blue Stamp directly while still in resort – do not wait until you get home.

Language Course

  • Contact Blue Stamp in the event of any illness that prevents you attending class, and also inform the school if possible.
  • In the event of any difficulties at the Language School, speak to your contacts there who will be able to assist you directly. This includes any concerns about the level of your classes or if you would like to book any additional lessons. Please keep Blue Stamp informed as well.

Accommodation

  • Respect others in the accommodation by conforming to curfew as agreed by your parents or the language school, and any quiet times and lights out times.
  • Do not keep food or alcohol in rooms.
  • Keep rooms tidy.
  • Do not allow or invite any non-residents into your accommodation.
  • Respect the accommodation and report any damage as soon as practicable.
  • Where applicable, do not treat your host family like a hotel – remember that you are staying in someone’s home and behave in a suitable manner.
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Miscellaneous

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What should I pack?

We have put together a handy packing guide here. Of course you may need extras that are not listed here but this is a starting point.

What about the Corona Virus (Covid 19)?

We have a Covid 19 Policy which should offer some reassurance. We will ensure that sensible precautions are being taken and we will keep our destinations and choices of travel up to date with the latest guidance from the FCDO making sure that we minimise risk as far as is practicable.

Ultimately, the decision to travel rests with students (and parents/carers). We want you to feel safe when you travel. We recommend following the latest guidance from the national and international bodies that advise on health and safety in relation to this virus.

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